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Three schools achieve Healthy Schools Award
Presentation for Healthy Schools Award winners
On Wednesdays 4th July and 11th July, the Health and Social Services Minister and the Education Minister will present three schools with their National Healthy School Standard awards.
The schools are La Mare de Carteret and St Andrews Primary School who receive the award for the first time and Amherst Primary who have achieved the Enhanced Award.
The Standard is a UK scheme designed to support and strengthen schools' personal, social and health education (PSHE) programmes. Each school has had to produce evidence that they have met over 40 different criteria looking at all aspects of
- Healthy eating
- Emotional health and well being
- Physical activity
- Personal Social and Health Education
- Amherst Primary also took three areas of their own choosing and set objectives in each area
The PSHE Advisory teacher at the Education Department and the Health Promotion Unit support the schools to achieve the awards.
Health Promotion Unit Manager, Yvonne Le Page said,
"We are delighted that three more schools have achieved the National Healthy School Standard. All the schools have worked extremely hard and have involved their pupils, parents and local community."
Some of the activities each school has undertaken are:
Amherst Primary School
- increasing the percentage of children who were taking part in physical activity other than in lessons from 52% to 88%,
- setting up a new kitchen for the children to use and teaching basic cookery skills
- ensuring that children learnt about internet safety
La Mare de Carteret Primary School
- promoting healthier eating, including a school fruit break scheme and healthy breakfast club,
- introducing the SEAL(Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) scheme of work to teachers and then pupils and
- encouraging children to walk to school
St Andrews Primary School
- setting up a programme to encourage children to drink sufficient water when in school,
- renewing the schools PSHE policy and reporting procedures
- implementing programmes to improve children's emotional health